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These Tostilocos Prove The Loco In The Name

Those of us who love Tostilocos know the deliciously classic savory snack that’s a heavenly combination of Salsa Verde Tostitos tortilla chips, chamoy, hot sauce, Japanese-style peanuts, Chaca Chaca, jicama, cucumber and cueritos. The original mix of salty and spicy flavors is absolute perfection.

But as with anything good, someone’s always gonna drop a remix to try and make it better. And sometimes that remix just might be better than the original. It worked for J.Lo’s “I’m Real” or Craig Mack’s “Flava in Ya Ear,” if you want to take it way back.

In the quest to add more loco to the snack game, people have come up with some awesome Tostiloco remixes that are so mouthwatering they may just be better than the original.

1. But then there’s Dorilocos, which are the same as Tostilocos but with nacho cheese Doritos.

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I guess the old snack adage is true: when in doubt, add nacho cheese Doritos to whatever you’re eating. That’s a thing people say, right?

2. Nacho flavor? Well, how about adding Takis to whatever you’re eating?

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I can get behind that one.

3. Churritoslocos did the same thing, taking the tried and true Tostiloco ingredients but adding them to crunchy churritos.

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I’m here for it.

4. Pepi-locos change things up by making the cucumber the main star of the show.

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Also called Pepi-sushi, Pepi-locos take a hollowed out cucumber and fill it with all the stuff you’d find on Tostilocos. Some spots even plate the Pepi-locos on a bed of Tostitos. Next level and classy af.

5. Or you can say “f-ck it” and stuff it all into a pineapple.

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We call the Bob Esponga style. JK we don’t but that’d be funny.

6. Or really say “f-ck it” and drop it all into a watermelon.

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It’s just so beautiful! The watermelon loco is what I need all summer long. While those stuck to the basics and changed things up a bit, some Tostiloco remixes get a bit more wild.

7. Aguachilocos, anyone?

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That’s a whole other level of flavor. Sea level, if you will.

8. You can also find a shrimp remix that’s hot fire.

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There’s a 90 percent chance this will give me a tummy ache, but I’m still down.

9. Cheetos Locos replace the Tostitos with Cheetos.

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Hot. Damn. Like this is so insane and tasty and I want it!

10. Mango can get down with the crazy too.

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A match made in heaven if you ask me. Mango is the perfect fruit to add a little loco to.

11. What is this?

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I’m not even sure what I’m looking at here. Some sort of Tostiloco bundt cake. But damn do I want to get in it.

12. This cerveza/Tostiloco combo platter is the stuff dreams are made of.

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I want –  no, I NEED this all summer long. It’s everything I ever need. It’s beautiful. I want an oil painting of this over my mantle.

13. Another sandia one just cuz it’s so amazing.

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If I ever get married, I don’t want to hold a bouquet of flowers. I want to hold this, and snack in between vows.

14. Clamato/Tostilocos/Ceviche got me like yesssssssss!

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This is what summer feasting is all about! Fresh and tasty and totally loco!

15. Cevichurros????

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Seriously though, people a freakin’ geniuses and snack gods!

16. This is just a thing of beauty!

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Whatever is in there, I love it and I want it.

17. And another one.

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If someone I was into showed up at my door holding this, that’s it. It’s over for all you other heauxs. I’m locking it down.

18. When the tostiloco set up is OOC!

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The piña is there again, but with all the canastitas holding Totilocos ready for your love and attention? That just melts me heart.

19. Oh, did I mention Tosti Elote?

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Talk about a combination of so much I love!

20. But let’s show love to the O.G.

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None of this would be possible without the original Tostilocos, the greatest snack given to mankind. I light a candle to you and honor you for feeding me when I’m hungry and cruda.

There really is no wrong way to remix Tostilocos, and these are really just the tip of the loco iceberg. Stay remixing those Tostilocos, fruterias!

Tamales Elena Is About To Become LA’s First Afro-Mexican Restaurant

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Tamales Elena Is About To Become LA’s First Afro-Mexican Restaurant

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The Los Angeles food truck Tamales Elena y Antojitos has been serving up authentic Guerrero food for 20 years. Tamales Elena y Antojitos is a staple at E 110th St. & Wilmington Ave. in LA’s Watts neighborhood offering up banana leaf-wrapped tamales. Now, Tamales Elena y Antojitos will become a restaurant.

Tamales Elena y Antojitos is opening up LA’s first Afro-Mexican restaurant.

Not even a pandemic will slow them down. The family behind the famous food truck in Watts will soon be welcoming guests (following COVID-19 guidelines) in Bell Gardens, California. The tamales, pozoles, and array of Afro-Mexican dishes will be served to everyone who has come to adore the Mexican establishment.

The restaurant will add another cuisine to the vast palate that is LA’s food scene.

Los Angeles is home to a diverse and inviting list of restaurants representing cultures from around the world. Some of the best Mexican food in the country can be found in Los Angeles and Tamales Elena y Antojitos is adding another level to that representation. Angelenos are celebrating the Afro-Mexican restaurant staffed and owned by Afro-Mexicans.

The restaurant has a special place in people’s lives.

The family has been offering up their unique food to residents of Watts for 20 years. In two weeks, Maria Elena Lorenzo will be offering up her family recipes in-store to more people as of July 15. The family has spent years in the food industry and have worked hard to make their mark on LA’s food scene.

Lorenzo’s daughters have been played a big role in getting the restaurant going.

According to LA Eater, Lorenzo’s daughters have spent years working in various restaurants around Los Angeles. Her daughters, Maria, Heidi, Judepth, Teresa, and Nayeli spent time working front-of-house and back-of-house at restaurants including Rivera, Petty Cash Taqueria, and Guerrilla Tacos. Heidi Irra worked at Mezcalero in downtown Los Angeles. Now, the daughters are bringing their experience to the family business and helping their mother start her restaurant.

Lorenzo, lovingly known as Mama, is clearly going to have a lot of guests are her restaurant.

Congratulations, Mama! This is one of those stories we love to see. Nothing makes you prouder than watching Latino families come together to chase the American Dream and succeed.

READ: Guelaguetza, One Of LA’s Most Iconic Mexican Restaurants, Is Sharing Some Of Their Recipes On Instagram

Little Caesars Hands Customer Pizza With Pepperoni Swastika Made As ‘Insensitive Joke’

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Little Caesars Hands Customer Pizza With Pepperoni Swastika Made As ‘Insensitive Joke’

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One Ohio couple recently received an order for a pizza that’ll leave a pretty rancid taste in your mouth.

After running errands with his wife Misty Laska this past Saturday night, Jason Laska said they picked up a pepperoni pizza from Little Caesars. Eager to eat they cracked open the pizza once they got home, receiving a shocking surprise that likely ruined their appetite.

Misty noticed a backward laid swastika made out of pepperoni slices on the pie.

After getting in touch with Little Caesars, the couple was told it was meant to be a funny and private joke.

According to The New York Times, when Misty Laska first opened the takeaway pizza she noticed that it was not sliced. Then, she and her husband realized that the pepperoni pieces had been prepared in the shape of a swastika.

Misty told Reuters that when they first realized what they saw they were “just silent.” Furious, they returned to the store to return the pizza, the shop was closed. The next day, the pizza chain, which is the third-largest in the country called, to apologize.

“We have zero tolerance for racism and discrimination in any form, and these franchise store employees were immediately terminated,” Little Caesars told The New York Times. “This conduct is completely against our values.”

“That’s why it was not cut or anything like that,” Jason Laska said. “They made it as a joke and it was never intended to go out to a customer.”

However, even if the joke was meant to be a private one it is gross and unacceptable.

“Even in a joking manner, it’s absolutely unacceptable,” Jason Laska added.

Jill Proctor, a spokesperson for Little Caesars confirmed the incident and said that the employees involved were fired in a statement to CNN. “We have zero tolerance for racism and discrimination in any form, and these franchise store employees were immediately terminated. We’re deeply disappointed that this happened, as this conduct is completely against our values,” Proctor continued. “We have also reached out to the customer to discuss this personally with him.”

In response to the firing of the employees, Misty has said she hopes they are learning an important lesson.”These are the kinds of things that are continuing to fuel the hate and the confusion that exists in the country and in the world,” her husband said after sharing that they both hope

The Laskas hoped that by sharing their experience others will educate themselves about Nazism and the symbols used to perpetuate it.